GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A marathon is 26.2 miles. But one man has his eye on the number 100 Sunday.
Chris Gregory said you’ll often hear runners and marathoners say, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” And for Chris, his journey is about to turn 100.
“10-11 years later, 99 under the belt. Grand Rapids will be number 100 this Sunday,” Gregory said
The Grand Rapids Marathon will be Gregory’s 100th. At age 35, he calls West Michigan home. After picking Western Michigan University for graduate school, he spent 11 years in the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids area. These days he lives in Colorado and makes his living as a personal trainer and running and triathlon coach.
“Some people think it’s just easy for me,” Gregory said. “Running 14 marathons a year isn’t easy. It requires dedication, it requires good nutrition, it requires good sleep which I don’t always get. I’m honest with my clients.”
He says his degree in exercise science helps him combine all those things to make him and better athlete.
And for that milestone marker of 100, you can also add the number 42 to his stats. It will be the 42nd time he’s run as a pace leader in a marathon.
“That’s why I love the marathon. Is that if you are focused and you know what to do, your body knows what to do, a lot of it’s right here. (in your head) 90%. And I think that’s most people’s limiting factor. This is a lifestyle. This is what do. It’s going to be boom there’s number 100. What do I have next?”
The 2015 Grand Rapids Marathon will be the second marathon Chris has run in about a week. He ran in the Chicago Marathon on October 11.